Impacts of a smoking cessation benefit among employed populations

J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Jan;49(1):11-21. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31802db579.


Objective: The objective of this study was to project the health and economic impacts of providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit.

Methods: The authors conducted an update of a previously published outcomes model using recently published data and clinical trial results.

Results: In four example workplace types evaluated, coverage of a cessation benefit resulted in greater numbers of successful cessations and decreased rates of smoking-related diseases. Total savings from benefit coverage (decreased healthcare and workplace costs) exceeded costs of the benefit within 4 years. Total savings per smoker ranged from 350 dollars to 582 dollars at 10 years and 1152 dollars to 1743 dollars at 20 years. Internal rate of return ranged from 39% to 60% at 10 years.

Conclusion: Providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit results in substantial health and economic benefits with economic savings exceeding the cost of the benefit within a relatively short period.

Clinical significance: Providing a workplace smoking cessation benefit is projected to increase the rate of smoking cessation as well as decrease the incidence of smoking-related conditions and healthcare costs. In addition, workplace cessation benefits can result in decreased absenteeism, increased productivity, and net cost savings within 4 years.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Coronary Disease / economics
  • Coronary Disease / etiology
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control
  • Employment / economics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Economic*
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / economics*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / economics
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / etiology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / prevention & control
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking Cessation / economics*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Workplace